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Poinçon de Genève – Jet d’Eau de Genève

To celebrate the 10th years anniversary of the brand, Ateliers deMonaco introduces two new models in its Poinçon de Genève collection. This collection – already very prestigious as it carries the Geneva seal certification – becomes even more special thanks to a new grand-feu enamel dial. Ateliers deMonaco is now part of the very few watchmaking manufactures that offer Métiers d’Art timepieces.

The Geneva water jet is the city’s most famous emblem and has been chosen to be featured on these two new dials. To produce one dial by itself, it takes more than fifty hours of work. Indeed, the grand-feu enamel is the most delicate and difficult decoration technique. Each step requires time.

To create the Jet d’Eau de Genève dial, several enamel techniques are used. On a base plate made of 18 carats white gold, the first step is called cloisonné enamel. It is an ancient technique dating back to a time prior to the Middle-Ages. It involves the creation of compartments with small gold threads and then precise enamel filing.

The second technique used on this dial is called champlevé enamel. Introduced in the XII century, it has been created alternatively to the cloisonné one and gathers engravers and enamellers. The engraver produces the holes in which the enameller will fill different coloured enamels. The effect is then emphasised by the engraver and his chisel with which he will add a final touch to every 18 carats white gold partitions. This step is the most delicate one. If the engraver puts too much pressure, he can separate the enamel from the wall and ruin all the work achieved.

Finally, the last step is the sublime grand-feu enamel. It is a well-known technique which consists to melt a glass composite called silica at a temperature up to 500°C.

In the case of the Ateliers deMonaco Jet d’Eau de Genève dial, the temperature is raised up to 790°C. Several layers are necessary in order to get the colour gradient. Thanks to its complex artisanal process, every single dial is unique.

The Ateliers deMonaco Poinçon de Genève Jet d’Eau de Genève collection is available with an 18 carats white gold and an 18 carats rose gold models are available in a 40mm case diameter and a 9.2 mm case thickness. Limited to 18 pieces only for each model, these watches are equipped with the dMc-708 patented calibre, has a 38-hour power reserve and 18 rubies. To perfect the watch, a hand-stitched alligator leather strap which coming with an 18 carats gold pin buckle.

Bespoke – Grand Prix de Monaco 1968

Half a century ago, the 1968 Grand Prix Automobile of Monaco took place on the car circuit of Monte-Carlo. This prestigious event was won by the British, Sir Graham Hill and his Lotus Ford Cosworth. This year, is the 10th year anniversary of Ateliers deMonaco. In order to celebrate, the watch manufacture created a unique piece inspired by the official poster of this Grand Prix signed by Michael Turner. This watch is named « Grand Prix de Monaco 1968 ». Always aiming to offer the utmost of excellence, technology and know-how are at the core of the brand’s values. This unique timepiece comes to reaffirm this position.

The most outstanding part of the timepiece is its dial. Hand-engraved by master-engraver Mr Bernard Ditzoff, one of the best. His trade required patience, dexterity and precision. The masterpiece’s dial is composed of three different plates made of 18K white gold. Applied on each other, this construction allows for an impressive relief effect. The first plate represents the Grand Prix of Monaco 1967’s winner, Denny Hulme driving his Babham-Repco, he is closely followed by Graham Hill and his Lotus turning the gasworks hairpin. On the second plate lays the prestigious Monaco harbour and surrounding buildings. Lastly, the third plate is dedicated to the French Riviera’s partly cloudy speckled sky. To sublime the dial, dauphine shaped hands sweep by small lozenge indexes, the iconic symbol of Ateliers deMonaco.

The clock works are enveloped in a hand-brushed, hand-polished and hand-assembled 18K white gold 44mm diameter case. The sapphire case-back gives a window to the dMc 700 Ateliers deMonaco manufacture movement. This self-winding mechanical movement includes 26 rubies, has a frequency of 28’800 vibrations per hour and a 40-hour power-reserve. What distinguishes this movement is the delicate finishing such as a 22k hand-engraved gold rotor representing the crown of the Principality of Monaco, hand-decorated bridges: Gear-train bridge, balance-cock and barrel-bar are magnified by a circular-graining. The automatic device bridge is decorated with lozenge forms, the Ateliers deMonaco signature. The hand-stitched alligator leather strap and its 18K white gold folding buckle bring a refined finish to this unique piece. The technical know-how to execute such a complicated dial and the delicate finishing of this timepiece testify the expertise cultivated within the Ateliers deMonaco Manufacture.

Ateliers deMonaco participates in Top Marques Monaco 2018

Ateliers deMonaco is delighted to participate in Top Marques Monaco 2018.

The latest novelties of the brand are presented for the first time this year in Monaco.

Feel free to visit www.topmarquesmonaco.com for more information about the event.

 

 

Two new models in the Admiral Chronographe Flyback collection named Prato in partnership with Prato Automobiles

Ateliers deMonaco and Prato Automobiles, partners since November 2017, share the same requirement for precision and high level performance. The two brands come together with their common values ​​represented by audacity, a sense of aesthetics, the quest for performance, the constant search for innovation, craftsmanship, technology and know-how. Automobile enthusiasts generally have a strong interest in precious timekeepers and vice versa. In both environments, extreme precision and sporty elegance play an important role. To date, we are launching two new models in the Admiral Chronographe Flyback named “Prato”.

 

Prato Automobiles X Ateliers deMonaco

The collaboration between Prato Automobiles and Ateliers deMonaco began six months ago with the launch of the Orage motorcar and the Tourbillon Oculus 1297 Orage watch.

The watch includes a microchip inside its strap that allows to open and start the engine of the vehicle. Thus, the Tourbillon Oculus 1297 Orage timepieces are reserved only for the elite owners of the Orage automobiles.

This year, our two Prato models are open to everyone. The unique design inspired by modern sports cars is head-turning and perfectly embodies the identity of the Orage motorcar. It’s a modern testimony to adrenaline and chills of racing.

Flyback chronograph function

The classic chronograph allows us to measure the time of a given action. Thanks to the flyback function, all you need is a single gesture to go from one measurement of time to another. Indeed, it is no longer necessary to stop, reset and restart the chronograph to measure a succession of events. Just by pressing the “flyback” button at 4 o’clock to measure two successive time intervals. This function makes it possible to have a much more precise measurement and simplicity of use.

A patented Flyback mechanism called “direct return to zero”

The dMc-760 manufacture caliber comprises 226 components split between two main parts. The first is the base movement, intended for the hours, minutes and seconds functions. The second is the module that features the flyback chronograph mechanism, which is composed of 96 components.

In order to always gain in efficiency, our watchmakers have developed a patented system called “direct return to zero”. This instantaneous flyback system is in fact the simplification of a succession of events. Instead of working successively, our system functions directly which means: Pressing the pusher just once, starts the timer again from zero. In this case, the pusher at 4 o’clock and its associated mechanism causes three tasks to be performed very quickly one after the other: First, the clutch is disengaged; secondly, the chronograph is reset to zero by means of the single-piece hammer, whose sloping surfaces turn the two zero reset hearts so that the hands reposition themselves vertically; and thirdly, the clutch engages once more as soon as the pusher is released. The sequence of movements involved in this action proceeds directly from the pusher to the clutch lever.

A design developed in collaboration with Prato Automobiles

The Admiral Chronographe Flyback collection is expended with two new models called Prato which are inspired by the Orage motorcar. The first, more classic, features a polished steel case, dauphine hands and two silver-colored counters contrasting a black carbon dial mixed with 18-carat white gold. The second, more sporty, has a black DLC steel case, dauphine hands and two rose gold color counters complementing a black carbon dial mixed with 18-carat rose gold. For both versions, Roman numerals are polished, curved, applied and treated with black PVD. The dials are adorned with the logos of “deMonaco” and “Prato”.

A steel case Armure

With the desire to always use state of the art techniques, the 42mm case is treated with a process called Armure that allows steel to be about five times more scratch resistant than ordinary steel. Indeed, it is treated with a chemical process of diffusion of carbon at low temperature which hardens the surface of the steel. From 220 Vickers to 1200 Vickers. This case is both exceptionally ergonomic and comfortable to wear.

An innovative dial

The dials of the two Prato models are inspired by a technique used in the automotive industry called forged carbon. We developed a new method that includes 18-carat gold in the process. This is the first time ever in watchmaking history that such a dial is created. To achieve this result, carbon fiber, gold and resin must be mixed and placed in a mold. Then, this mixture is heated and pressed to fix everything and form a block. Thanks to this technique, each dial is unique. After the molding process, each dial is meticulously refined to achieve the perfect shape.

A distinguished partnership between Prato Automobiles & Ateliers deMonaco

Coming from two distinctive industries, Prato Automobiles and Ateliers deMonaco have yet many common values. Passion, design, performance, technology, innovation, craftsmanship and know-how are the shared values of this car manufacturer and this watch manufacture.

Prato automobiles

Car manufacturer stem from the passion of two men: Bruno Prata, automobile designer and Rodolphe Tousset, mechanical engineer. Both wanted to create a car with an aggressive and dynamic look and thus giving raw and pure sensations.

Ateliers deMonaco

Ateliers deMonaco is a watch manufacture issued of a watchmaker’s dream, Pim Koeslag, about creating its own tourbillon minute repeater movement. Founded in 2008, the brand counts today 6 in-house movements blending tradition and watch making know-how with technical innovation.

When the automobile industry meets the watchmaking industry

Prato Automobiles and Ateliers deMonaco have worked on a spectacular project which becomes today a reality.

After several years of research and development, the supercar called Orage from Prato Automobiles is born. This car is a pure marvel which offers to its driver an experience and pure, raw and dynamic driving sensations. Thus respects the core values of the car manufacturer. Concerning the technical aspect, three technologies are turning this car to an innovative concentrate:

  • World’s most powerful naturally aspirated V8 engine mounted in a production car with 900 hp
  • World’s first car to use full OLED technology for its optics
  • World’s first car to use aerospace electronics with sterling 24 carat gold connectors for full reliability in extreme conditions

 

The car is intrinsically linked to the watch Ateliers deMonaco Tourbillon Oculus 1297 ORAGE. Indeed, this timepiece is in actually the hypercar ORAGE’s key. An electronic chip is placed in the watch strap and allow the opening of the car.

The Tourbillon Oculus 1297 Orage watch is equipped with the patented Tourbillon XP1movement which had needed several years of research and development and presents the below technical specifications:

  • One of the most precise tourbillon movement in the world with a tolerance between 0 to 2 seconds per 24 hours.
  • A perfect tourbillon’s cage balance
  • A silicium escape wheel and lever
  • A 22 karats gold hand-engraved rotor.

The car and its watch will seduce their users. They both made of ultra-light carbon fiber and are limited to 19 pieces. In addition, the car chassis’ number is carved on the watch dial. The whole making a combo of sporty and refined design.

New Tourbillon Oculus 1297 Titane

Ateliers deMonaco unveils two new models from its Tourbillon Oculus 1297 collection.

In order to celebrate the first year of the collection Tourbillon Oculus 1297, Ateliers deMonaco unveils two new models with a black titanium case bringing a sportier touch to the collection.

Launched in 2016 and recognisable by its dial composed of small lozenges in relief, this collection is inspired by Monaco’s coat of arms.

 

Between watchmaking tradition and technological innovation

Emanating from the Tourbillon Oculus 1297 collection, these two new timepieces are equipped with the manufacture dMc-980 calibre. Designed, developed, built and assembled in the Ateliers deMonaco manufacture, this patented tourbillon movement is called: Tourbillon XP1. It is one of the most precise in the world with a tolerance between 0 to 2 seconds per 24 hours.

These two automatic models have the Ateliers deMonaco signature rotor. The latest represents the Principality’s crown which is carefully hand-engraved in 22K gold.

For the first time, the manufacturer envelops its movement with an ultra-light black DLC titanium case.

The dial is made with the use of a new technology: a five axis laser. This latest innovation does not burn the material but enhances it giving the sought-after form. In this case, it is the signature symbol of Ateliers deMonaco: the lozenge. The mention Ateliers deMonaco is also written on the rim of the dial.

The two new models are recognizable by a small dial at 12 o’clock or in rose gold colour or in white gold colour. In order to be faithful to the Oculus model, an opening on the tourbillon’s cage at 6 o’clock allows us to see the heartbeat of the watch.

Lastly, to glorify the whole, the watch is mounted on a black alligator leather strap adorned with a hand-stitched and folding buckle in titanium black DLC for a more convenient use.

 

A Monegasque inspiration

In 1297, François Grimaldi, took the fortress of Monaco thanks to a stratagem: dressed like a Franciscan monk, he entered in the stronghold with one of his fellow soldiers. Once inside, he was able to open the door to his little army and seized the fortress.

Coat of Arms of the Grimaldi House pays tribute to this history because they are composed of:

“Comprises a silver shield decorated with red diamonds surrounded by the Order of St. Charles collar. It is placed on a red coat lined with ermine, topped by the royal crown.

Standing at each side of the shield are two monks brandishing raised swords. Below them is a banderol with the royal motto Deo Juvante (with God’s Help).”[1]

[1] http://www.palais.mc/en/the-institution/coat-of-arms-of-the-grimaldi-house-1-20.html

Frederique Constant, Alpina & Ateliers deMonaco Host Manufacture Showcase Celebrating the Art of Watchmaking

 

October 2017 (New York, NY) – On the evening of October 11th 2017, Frederique Constant, Alpina and Ateliers deMonaco hosted a Manufacture Showcase at the National Arts Club in New York City.

 

To celebrate the watchmaking house of Frederique Constant, Alpina and Ateliers deMonaco, the three brands partnered with watch-collecting group, RedBar Crew, to host a Manufacture Showcase, highlighting select manufacture movements form each.

Top collectors, member of the media, retailers and VIPs were invited to discover the history of each brand through in-house developed, manufactured and assembled movements and coinciding timepieces. An on-site watchmaker from the Horological Society of New York encouraged those in attendance to learn more about the complications on display.

Independent Watch & Art Salon 2017, Taipei, Taiwan

Ateliers deMonaco participates to the Independent Watch & Art Salon 2017, Taipei, Taiwan which takes place between September, 28th – 30th.

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Fifth Annual Independent Watch and Art Salon Exhibition Taiwan Unfolds on 28 September

Asia’s Premium Independent Watch Event Lines Up 10 Independent Swiss Watchmaking Brands. Presenting this year’s theme “Steampunk”

 

Devoted to the passion to independent watchmaking, the now fifth Independent Watch & Art Salon Taiwan (IWST) will be held on September 28, 2017 at the Art Gallery located at B1, Bellavita. Due to its rapidly growing success, the event is now one of the key exhibitions for independent watches in Asia with now 10 major brands participating. Apart from showcasing latest creations by these prestigious independent watchmakers, as in its tradition, IWST will once again work with Taiwan’s local artists to visually interpret the essence of IWST as well as fusing the creativity of the East and the West. In addition, taking the theme of “Steampunk”, IWST will take us back to the glory of the Victorian Era.

 

Reflecting on the past year, the haute horlogerie industry, mostly headed by watchmakers from Switzerland, faced an extremely difficult year. All the leading players implemented drastic strategies and decisions as response to the market crisis, including change of ownership. On the other hand, independent watches, each with its innovative and creative styles and lower in production volume were able to maintain its success. These watches have become more and more collector’s pieces. As the result, they still stand out with excellent market performances. This success is reflected in this year’s IWST exhibition with the same impressive lineup of participating brands. And their innovative designs will for sure to appeal to more and more audience in the future.

 

10 Prestigious Independent Watch Brands, 10 Luxurious Watchmaking Arts

As the distributor of numerous premium independent watches, Swiss Prestige presents an impressive list of participating brands for IWST: Atelier deMonaco, a watchmaking brand that takes inspiration from the rich culture and heritage of Monaco to create the world’s most precision mechanical movements, will be attending the event for the first time. Christophe Claret, a symbolic brand for premium Swiss independent watches that always stir up the industry with its creations, will be attending for the fifth time in a row. Greubel Forsey, an expert in finely crafted precision mechanisms in pursuit of zero time error, is also making its attendance as usual. HYT, the watchmaker that pioneers in fluidics watches, will be presenting more innovative creations this year.

 

MB&F, a highly acclaimed brand with rare but highly sought-after watches and a brand that is very highly regarded at top international auctions is expected to introduce a mysterious new creation at this year’s IWST. M.A.D Gallery, also from MB&F, will also undoubtedly be presenting several enchanting mechanical devices.  Manufacture Royale, a brand established by French philosopher Voltaire, will be introducing its latest works that feature unimaginable complications. Speake Marin, an innovative watch brand established by the visionary English watchmaker, after the change of management, will for sure be bringing us more ingenious watch pieces. Romain Gauthier, a brand that only manufactures 50-60 timepieces each year and viewed as the true apprentice of Philippe Dufour, another visionary pioneer in independent watchmaking will be attending for the first time this year. And lastly, URWERK, an award-winning brand known for its revolving satellite complications and a brand whose watch was the designated watch for Robert Downy Jr. in the film “Spider Man: Homecoming” will also be making its attendance.

 

The Glamorous Steampunk at IWST 2017

Following the success of annual themes of “Infinity Gear” and “Watchmaking Wonderland” in the previous years, IWST introduces “Steampunk” as the theme for 2017. The exhibition starts with blueprints of the Industrial Revolution of the past century and moves through motifs from the Victorian Era and contemporary sci-fi details, bringing to us the various elements, including gears, watches, mechanical devices, and more from the films of Japanese film director Miyazaki Hayao. And to echo the spirit of this theme, the exhibition also presents artworks of Taiwan’s artist Tsung- Ti Huang, an artist whose works are full of industrial artwork style that focus on handwork details. These works mixes the forms from Chinese mythology “Classics of the Mountains and Seas” with Punksteam style.

 

2017 IWST exhibition will start on September 27, 2017 at the Art Gallery located at B1, Bellavita. The first day for the 4-day exhibition is a private opening party. And September 28 and 29 will be reserved for VIP private views. The exhibition will be open to public on September 30. Please do not miss this rare opportunity to look inside the world of independent watchmaking and experience it from a different perspective.